May 09, 2005

The Good, The Bad, The Media


This cartoon first appeared a year ago on May 11, 2004, when the video of Nick Berg's murder was released and much of the media were, and remained in, full Abu Ghraib mode.

This Associated Press report (via ABCNews) appears to be the only major news marking the anniversary of when Islamic terrorists in Iraq began targeting American civilians for video taped beheadings (following that of Daniel Pearl in Pakistan): Family of Beheaded American Seeks Solace.

Michael Berg [Nick's father] holds President Bush chiefly responsible for his son's death, blaming what he sees as Bush's abuse of power.

Sara Berg [Nick's sister] neither holds Bush responsible nor considers Nick's death a result of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Instead, she considers it the premeditated work of terrorists.

"Somebody who gets killed in war, that is not murder, legally. That is a killing," she said. "By calling (Nick's death) an act of war, it gives a certain legitimacy to it that I don't choose to give."

Meanwhile, a year later, we're getting stories like this one from The New York Times: 'Great Crime' at Abu Ghraib Enrages and Inspires an Artist.

Posted by Forkum at May 9, 2005 09:08 PM